This coming September, 3 of our most enjoyable guests *Ed, Joe and Joe* are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the

Northern Michigan Golf Extravaganza

ed and the joes I believe this was taken at Crystal Downs

I look forward to seeing them each year although we only see them when they arrive and then again 4 or 5 days later, when they check out.   Their sense of humor and personalities might have something to do with that 🙂

They play golf at all the very nice courses, including Arcadia Bluffs and Crystal Downs
Crystal Downs is said to be among the 100 best golf courses, ranking 11th in the US and 23rd in the world.  That’s pretty spectacular.  I don’t play golf because it’s too difficult to see the little white ball in the snow.  I played tennis for many years – no ranking though, heehee.
The three amigos are playing Crystal Downs, because they bid on a round or two at a Frankfort Schools Benefit each spring.

Now, back to why I am even writing about this matter – a box arrived yesterday. Ed sent it.

a huge bag full of "after dinner mints", heehee

a huge bag full of…wait for it…


“after dinner mints” 😯

I wonder if  they want me to turn down the beds and put one on each pillow. Oh, I could have fun with this.
Requests for something “special” usually roll in a couple of weeks before they all get here.  Like the request, by one of the Joes,  to put a snake into Ed’s bed, which I did.  Little did Joe know that I had a real snake, although very small, that had been flattened and preserved. I stuck it under Ed’s pillow.  He didn’t find the thing until their last night here.

Why am I telling all of that?
To let you know that we give individualized service with a smile and a giggle, heehee


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Kathy lives on one of the highest dunes in the Elberta Dunes Preserve.  It’s right around the bend from here.  What a property.  Driving down M-22 from Frankfort, you can see the shiny roof of the house.  What a gorgeous house it is.  I’ll see if I can post some pictures of it here soon.

On with the story…

I finally got Kathy’s pictures re-sized.  They are all taken from her deck  –  here they are:



Bear has had a rough night.  I know it’s my own fault, I should not let him roam the property alone.  He goes and visits with the guests and he begs for goodies. The guests think they’re being clever when they feed him, which I frequently ask them NOT to do.
Bear threw up during the night in the house and is still throwing up now outside.  Amazing how much food he has in him and none of it his own.

Short of putting up “don’t feed the animals” sign like in the zoo, what can I do?
Now he sits there on the steps at the back door, tied up, sad and sick.
And I am angry 😦

A busy day at the Wayfarer

Yesterday was an incredibly busy day for Mike. He had planned to and did prune the bushes out front.  All had been finished blooming this year!

Last year he couldn’t wait and didn’t pay attention to the season 😯
(don’t ask me why)
Suddenly one day I looked up and the bushes and trees had been trimmed before we all had a chance to see them in bloom.

Ummm….let’s just say that he is paying attention to such mundane things now, heh!
Yup, Bear and Mike hard at work ;)

Yup, Bear and Mike hard at work 😉

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The Cutest Cottage in Frankfort

Remember when I said I’d write about my favorite cottage a while ago?

I went to talk to the lady who lives there.  Her name is Mary; we had been introduced once before so we got re-acquainted last week. She was thrilled that I wanted to take pictures of her home – she was so gracious, gave me a quick tour and even showed me into her backyard, where her 3 dachshunds were waiting to get their tummies scratched 😉

Here now are the pictures of the dollhouse


And now for something completely different:

It is hot today –  80 degrees.
I want to be at the North Pole or the South Pole or sit in my freezer.
Any temperature over 70 degrees makes me feel like a Red Snapper in a pot of bouillabaisse.

Things are good around here though and I don’t have to perspire too much because I have help cleaning the cottages now.  Real help who is happy to be here and she does a great job!

A Special Day

Today was a special day.  I had a special visitor.  I had a lot of visitors today, but this one was special.  Joyce O. came with her granddaughter Julia (oh, I hope that’s correct)  Joyce has stayed with us a few times  AND she likes my blog. She’s posted comments!  That makes me happy. She brought me a present.  You are not going to believe it – she brought me

ein Huhn

is what I would say in German, heh


If Ivanka could speak French,
that’s what she would say.

a chickin

as my British guest Mary would say

‘Enough’ is what you say, this is what Joyce brought:

a chicken!

Thank you Joyce, I love it 🙂

It’s beautiful.  I think Joyce’s thought here was that if she brings me this gorgeous chicken, then I might not buy live chickens and then when she stays here the next time, she can be sure to have undisturbed mornings
without clucking,  muahahahahaaaa, we shall see…

Joyce and Julie with BearJoyce and Julia with Bear

My new chicken :)My new chicken 🙂
Uggg, not a very good picture 😦

The Photographer, Part Deux

So now, of course, I should show you all the photos that Drew took of the Elberta Solstice Festival Fireworks, right?

Prepare yourselves


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Photos by Drew Smith of Drew Smith Photography

I am crossing my fingers for him to win this contest. I hope all of you are crossing fingers, legs, toes, eyes.